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Favourite dialogue from the Tintin books

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Donaya Haymond
#1 · Posted: 13 Jun 2007 23:26
Now, everyone loves Captain Haddock's insults. I also found two quotes in my reading that make what I think are hilarious when stripped of context. I hope nobody sees this as sacreligious.

1. "Sorry, old man, but you know how a sailor has a passion for knots."
- Captain Haddock, FLIGHT 714

2. "They're trying to stop us with a ramshackle erection!"

Anyone else have great Tintin quotes? Calculus misunderstandings? Thom(p)son spoonerisms? I need a laugh.
Mark Falconer
#2 · Posted: 14 Jun 2007 02:13
I think the quote was, said in disgust as they rammed the road-block, "Trying to stop us with that ramshackle erection!"
#3 · Posted: 14 Jun 2007 02:51
"A goat! A goat! You dare call me a goat! This is too much! You're not getting away with that!" ... And other assorted Calculus quotes from the goat-namecalling incident.

The two MOON albums are filled with clever quotes. Haddock cutting the Thompsons' hair is a favorite of mine, too: "If you imagine you look more dignified than your esteemed friend, you've got another think coming!" Dry wit at its best :)

"Blistering barnacles, it's a mere detail that I cracked my head against that cover again!" Haddock again

I also laughed my butt off at the exchanges between Haddock and Calculus in DESTINATION MOON when Calculus repeatedly rebukes the Captain for his clumsiness. "I believe you do it on purpose, don't you? Every time there's a chance to bump yourself, or sprawl on the floor, you take it!" Hahaha, so true!

"I know I may act the goat, but at least I look where I am going!" "Stars above, Captain! Don't stand so near that hole! Are you trying to break your neck?!"

I still laugh at those scenes. The first time I read them, not too long ago, I was laughing so hard I could barely breathe.
#4 · Posted: 14 Jun 2007 04:35
I wonder whether you all red the Land of The Soviets, but Tintin sang the first verse of Doris Day's 'By The Light Of The Silvery Moon', while crafting a wooden propeller.

Some quotes from the story have strong meanings but sometimes ended up goofy. Haddock said, 'Man's proper place is on Earth' and in the midst of saying, he tripped on his own strecther.

Well, one quote of the angry Tintin was during The Black Island, but I do not have the book with me yet, so anyone help me give the quote of Tintin scolding the drunk Snowy there. Another quote from that book was when Tintin was in combat in his charming kilts with Ranko's owner and for some of you recalled a topic that I posted in March. Well, the scence goes where Tintin was tripped by Puschov low Ji-jitsu attack. Tintin made a counter attack and gave a hard kick to Puschov saying, 'And this is a left sock to the jaw'.

In Tintin In Tibet, there are two quotes that is memorable. After Tintin rescued Snowy from the rapids and informed that Snowy was drunked, Tintin goes and scolds Snowy, 'and if this happens again, I shall never risk my neck saving you'. Another quote is about Haddock trying to fit in his shoe. He goes made a funny request in front of the Grand Abbot:

'Excuse Me but anyone have a shoe-horn?'

P.S What is a shoe-horn?
#5 · Posted: 14 Jun 2007 09:17
A shoe horn is a device which allows you to put your shoes on more easily. It basically provides a smooth surface for your foot to move around in without damaging the back of the shoe. An image search should provide you with a picture. They can become quite ornate.

Don't forget the Thompsons from the moon books when told they need two Punch and Judy men on the moon...

"This man has apologised to us, and we demand an insult!"
#6 · Posted: 14 Jun 2007 18:06
I wish more people would reply in this thread because I think we could get some really good answers. Or, at the very least, we'd get a more global sense of what's funny. :)

"In fact it's the thundering limit! I'm taken to task by that ____ Wagg...." Haddock again. I don't have my book handy, nor do I remember which book that was in.
UK Correspondent
#7 · Posted: 14 Jun 2007 20:52
Some of my favourites appear in The Castafiore Emerald...

Castafiore: "Mr Swag promised to fix the whole thing up for me..."
Thompson: "Swag? Fix it up?... Fix what?... Madam, is this some sort of conspiracy?"

When Tintin comes back from searching for the poplar tree -
Tintin: "Captain! Captain!"
Haddock: "Now what?... Has he set the house on fire?"

And my favourite Thom(p)son exchange -
Thomson: "Just our luck! The one time we manage to catch the culprits they turn out to be innocent! It's really too bad of them!"
Thompson: "You'd think they'd done it on purpose!"
#8 · Posted: 15 Jun 2007 02:28
That is indeed a great Thom(p)son exchange, Richard. :D
#9 · Posted: 15 Jun 2007 07:05

"In fact it's the thundering limit! I'm taken to task by that ____ Wagg...."

I think the missing word is "weevil". Not absolutely sure as I don't have the book at the moment either
#10 · Posted: 16 Jun 2007 01:04
Personally I like it in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, when Snowy says: "Tintin! Are you dead? Say yes or no but answer me!"
Ha ha ha.

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